The End of The Last Road

Rystefn has died.

Goodbye, friend.

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Essay Number 3

Essay Number 3

I got my third essay back in English 111 today.

The prompt was a personal narrative, using illustration.

In grammar school, I was taught to write out numbers smaller than twenty, and round numbers like thirty, forty, one hundred, and so on, and to use numerals for other numbers. Mr. Beverage, after having read the first draft, suggested I run with numerals all the way through in this instance, for the effect.

I took that advice, and I have to say that I do like the running undercurrent of the recurring digits.

As you can see in the image to the right, he asked if he could use the essay as a model for future classes for this assignment. I was, of course, happy to oblige him and not a little flattered and tickled. I just made the corrections he requested and emailed a copy to him.

The essay, in its corrected form this time, lies below the fold.

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Evolved and Rational has Tangled Bank 115

Tangled BankThe latest edition of Tangled Bank is up over at Evolved and Rational.

Good stuff, including one of my Blogging My Biology Class posts. Check it out.

For those of you not familiar, the Tangled Bank is a bi-weekly blog carnival. Every couple of weeks, bloggers submit posts about the life sciences to the carnival, and one blogger puts them all in one place round-robin style. The carnival was named after Charles Darwin’s eloquent description of life around us, and how it came to be the way it is.

It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent upon each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us. These laws, taken in the largest sense, being Growth with Reproduction; Inheritance which is almost implied by reproduction; Variability from the indirect and direct action of the conditions of life and from use and disuse: a Ratio of Increase so high as to lead to a Struggle for Life, and as a consequence to Natural Selection, entailing Divergence of Character and the Extinction of less-improved forms.

—Charles Darwin

Hey, here’s an idea!

Dollars ! by pfala @ Flickr

Dollars ! by pfala @ Flickr

Instead of taking that $700,000,000,000 and giving to the predators who got us into this mess, how ’bout we take that same $700,000,000,000 and pay off the mortgages of the people who need it most? At $100,000 apiece, that would be enough to pay on 7,000,000 mortgages.

Voila! No more mortgage crisis, and the dirtbags don’t get rewarded for gaming the system and running their companies into the ground.

I like the sound of trickle-up economics for a change, and it can’t possibly work any worse than what’s going on now, right?

From whence came the art:

That image is titled Dollars ! by pfala, and is licensed by the artist under the Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 2.0 license.